Tim Birkhead is a professor of behaviour and evolution at the University of Sheffield. His research on promiscuity and sperm competition in birds helped to re-shape current understanding of bird mating systems. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004. As well as a passion for research, Tim is committed to undergraduate teaching and the public understanding of science. His talks (like The Early Birdwatchers) and popular science books have gained widespread recognition: The Wisdom of Birds (2008) won ‘bird book of the year award’ and Bird Sense (2012) was short-listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize. His most recent books are Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin (2014) and The Most Perfect Thing: Inside (and Outside) a Bird’s Egg (2016).Read More
Carry Akroyd is a painter and printmaker whose subject is the landscape, with a particular interest in history and wildlife. A member of the Society of Wildlife Artists, she is the jacket artist for British Wildlife Publishing’s The British Wildlife Collection series of books, and illustrated Tweet of the Day, the book of the Radio 4 series. She has also illustrated three books of John Clare’s poetry, and continues to create a seam of work relating to the ‘Peasant Poet’ and his relevance to today. Carry curated and edited Wildlife in Printmaking, and has written a book about her own work and inspirations, natures powers & spells: Landscape Change, John Clare and me. She exhibits regularly in a few small galleries.